tomfordlipsticks_main.jpgThe designer-turned-perfumer-turned-movie director can now add "makeup artist" to his resumé, as his Private Blend Lip Color Collection, a line of 12 lipsticks, debuts at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue on June 1. Each tube is $45, which isn't cheap by any lipstick standard, but here's why I love them: These little babies are pigment-rich, so a little goes a long way. There's an array of pretty, flattering reds, nudes, and pinks. They're semi-matte, but feel creamy going on and don't dry out your mouth, thanks to murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil. And the cases? Oh the cases. They look like tiny, chic, white lacquered boxes with gold trim—they're heavier than your average lipstick, so they feel special and substantial.

Since I am loving all things plum and berry right now as I plan the makeup-trend stories for our fall issues, if I had to choose just one of the TF shades, I'd go for Moroccan Rouge—a deep plum-berry that'll give you the cool stained-lips look from the Proenza Schouler Fall Fashion Show. The color also looks fresh and unexpected on a summer evening. If you're not a bold-lipstick type, try Pink Dusk instead—it's the bottom one shown here.